There comes a point in your life when you start to care about what your house or apartment looks like. You start putting pictures in frames instead of tacking them up on the wall with duct tape. You stop thinking of the floor as just one large shelf to throw things on. You actually consider going down to Bed, Bath, and Beyond and buying a couple of throw pillows.
What is happening? You’re growing up. And your domain says a lot about who you are and what stage of life you’re in. That’s why you need to invest in some décor items that show some personality. Protip: having books on display (on your bookshelf and on your coffee table) is an easy way to do that without having to spend a lot of money.
Having a few magazines and a couple of well-selected coffee table books will not only convince that new woman you’re dating that you know how to read, but it’ll also give her something to do while you’re in the kitchen trying not to burn the dinner you’re making her. Check out 30 of our favorites.
Oh Beautiful Beer: The Evolution of Craft Beer & Design
You can judge a book by its cover—or a beer by its bottle—with Oh Beautiful Beer, a colorful book that celebrates the labels and logos of beer brands from across the world. It includes over 200 illustrations and snippets of information about each of the brewer’s features. This book, of course, is best enjoyed with a beer.
You might feel a bit sheepish being a grown man with an extensive LEGO collection, but until you have a kid of your own, you can profess your love of the legendary bricks by having Beautiful LEGO on display on your coffee table. The book shows incredible pieces that various artists have created from the LEGOs we love.
A lot of people dream of owning their very own cabin in the woods—so isolated, so quiet, so peaceful. And while you might not have one to call your own (yet), you can dream, by perusing Cabin Porn each night, which highlights cabins from across the country.
Sneakers: The Complete Limited Editions Guide
Any sneakerhead would love to have this guide, showcasing over 300 limited edition sneaker designs from fifteen iconic brands.
The Bike Deconstructed: A Grand Tour of the Modern Bicycle
Bicyclists are a special breed of people. Riding to work in freezing temperatures, lugging it up several flights of stairs, tripping over it in the front entryway of their apartment—it’s a lot of work to bike regularly, especially if you live in a city. That’s why bike aficionados will love this book, which dismantles the modern bicycle to examine the design and evolution of each and every part.
Because tattoos are permanent, people who are into tattoos are into tattoos. That’s why any tattoo obsessive will love to have 1,000 Tattoos proudly displayed on his coffee table. The book explores the history of tattoos from tribal body art to biker designs to the tattoos of today, and—you guessed it—there’s 1,000 of them to choose from.
Green: A Field Guide to Marijuana
You probably have never taken the time to appreciate the physical beauty of good old Mary Jane, but with Green: A Field Guide to Marijuana, you can. Featuring gorgeous, detailed photos and background information on 170 strains, this is the definitive collection of cannabis. Word to the wise, though—you might want to put it away when your in-laws come to town.
James Bond Cars
Everyone thinks that the martini is the most famous thing about James Bond, but who needs a drink when you have an Aston Martin? James Bond Cars takes a deep dive into the iconic rides of the world’s most famous agent and even covers 007’s more unconventional modes of transportation like jetpacks, airplanes, and motorized gondolas.
The Film Book
Any film geek will love to have this comprehensive guide to the movies—which starts with the beginnings of the film industry and spans genres, showcases influential directors, and explores filmmaking across the world.
Things Come Apart: A Teardown Manual for Modern Living
Perfect for anyone who has ever spent the day taking something apart just to see what’s inside, Things Come Apart showcases the nuts and bolts of fifty iconic pieces of technology, covering everything from an espresso machine to a SLR camera.
Top Gear: The 500 Coolest Cars Ever Made
From the pages of the preeminent gearhead go-to resource, Top Gear Magazine, comes The 500 Coolest Cars Ever Made, which is exactly what it sounds like, highlighting the history, design, technology, and more of each of the 500 cars on the list.
Cafe Racers: Speed, Style, and Ton-Up Culture
A coffee table book for the gearhead who prefers the two-wheeled variety, Café Racers presents a full-color photographic chronology of some of the best, baddest, fastest motorcycles in history.
If you’re into reptiles, there’s no better book to have on display than Serpentine, which features gorgeous photos of some of the most colorful, exotic snakes in the world. Buy with caution, though, it might freak your date out.
Perfect for the coffee table of any Ad Man or graphic designer, Logobook contains over 7,000 logos, symbols, and trademarks that we see daily, along with information on the logo’s company, history, and the designer behind the iconic mark.
Hide & Seek: The Architecture of Cabins and Hideouts
If you lust after having your very own private space in the woods, Hide & Seek is the perfect book for you, as it delves into the architecture of simple and cozy cabins isolated in the woods across the world.
100 Contemporary Concrete Buildings
Concrete gets a bad rap. It’s not just for jails and ugly parking garages, and 100 Contemporary Concrete Buildings proves it. The perfect tome for the coffee table of any design nerd, the book showcases incredibly well-designed concrete buildings from across the globe, all designed in recent years.
The Ride: New Custom Motorcycles and Their Builders
While other motorcycle books focus heavily on the bikes’ illustrious history, The Ride focuses on what modern motorcycle obsessives have been up to, showcasing the technical expertise and craftsmanship from motorcycle shops from across the globe.
The World of Private Islands
You may never have your own private island, but you can pretend like you do with The World of Private Islands. The book’s gorgeous photos will surely inspire wanderlust and maybe encourage you to hustle a little bit more at your day job.
Gentlemen, Start Your Engines: The Bonhams Guide to Classic Race and Sports Cars
From Bonhams—the world’s preeminent source for classic sports cars— comes Gentlemen, Start Your Engines, a book dedicated to highlighting the very best sports cars from the early days all the way up to modern times.
We’re living in the era of the digital download, one where album artwork isn’t appreciated because you only see it on your screen. But back in the day, whole albums were made to be enjoyed from start to finish, and the album artwork was meant to be appreciated. For old souls who love music and everything that came along with it, Rock Covers is the perfect book to peruse. Featuring over 750 album covers from everyone from Elvis to The Cure, each album has accompanying facts that will make any music fan geek out at the turn of every page.
Texas Quail Rigs
Quail hunting is a Texas tradition that is at risk of dying out, so if you’re passionate about quail hunting—or any hunting for that matter—Texas Quail Rigs is the book for you.
The Bentley Book
There are guys who are passionate about all luxury cars, and then there are guys who are brand loyal. If you’re a Bentley boy, you’ll love The Bentley Book, which details the brand’s history, different models, and more.
The Big Butt Book
Featuring over 400 photos of asses from now all the way back to 1900, you’ll have to put this one away when your parents come to visit, but it’ll delight your buddies when they come over for beers.
The Art of Pin-Up
Pin-up drawings harken back to a simpler time, when it was considered risque to see a woman’s leg. How scandalous! If you appreciate the good old days and artistic renderings of young, supple ladies, The Art of Pin-Up is an incredible coffee table book that features the drawings of nearly 100 artists’ work from the 1920s through the 1970s.
New York at Night
New York is the city that never sleeps, and because of that, you can expect to see a ton of interesting things happening when the sun goes down. New York at Night captures all of this—from the glamorous to the gritty—featuring photos taken by the most respected photographers accompanied by essays on New York’s nightlife.
The Porsche 911 Book
Whether you own a Porsche or just dream of owning one, The Porsche 911 Book is a comprehensive look at the sought-after sports car, from the first release in of the 911 in 1963 to the modern day 911 models.
Greatest of All Time: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali
Before Donald Trump and Kanye West declared they were the greatest, Muhammad Ali said the same—only he was actually correct in his boast. The book is a definitive tribute to the acclaimed boxer, with incredible photographs, biographical information, and notable interviews with the champ from the last five decades.
Jeep: The Adventure Never Stops
Released in 2013 for Jeep’s 70th anniversary, Jeep: The Adventure Never Stops is a comprehensive look at the rugged, beloved car, from its earliest models right up to models you can buy today.
75 Years of Marvel Comics
If you were a comic book geek when you were a kid, it’s likely that your collection is gathering dust in your parents’ attic. You can indulge your comic book fetish as an adult without taking up tons of room in your apartment by purchasing 75 Years of Marvel Comics—a comprehensive book that’s filled with pages and pages of gorgeous artwork alongside painstaking coverage of Marvel history.
Star Wars: The Blueprints
For legions of people, Star Wars isn’t just a movie, it’s an obsession that spans years and years. For the most obsessive Star Wars geek, Star Wars: The Blueprints is a must-have coffee table book. Only 5,000 copies were printed, and inside you’ll find a treasure trove of information via the original blueprints created for the filming of the Star Wars saga, which were plucked from deep in the Lucasfilm archives.